Every weed grower wants to get more yield.
Well, that is easy too.
Though you have to be aware of some training techniques for that. And, Monster Cropping is one of them to make you get the desired results.
However, Monster Cropping is not as much popular as other techniques. Still, it is one of the most effective ways to get monster yield from your cannabis garden.
Therefore, in this guide, you will get to know how you can use monster cropping to maximize the yield irrespective of your growing experience and skills.
So, let’s get started:
What is Monster Cropping?
For the newbies who have just come across this term today, Monster Cropping is one of the stress training for cannabis plants to make them more productive.
In this training, we take out the clone from a flowering marijuana plant. The new part of the plant comes out as another source of weed buds as it grows similarly to the donor or mother plant.
Moreover, the biological components of the plants such as THC (which is the major part for making the user high in the buds) are boosted in the plants in this technique.
On this basic phenomenon, the whole Monster Cropping is based.
The best part is that you don’t have to spend any extra amount to get the most out of your garden for implementing this training.
How does Monster Cropping work?
Majorly there are two types of training for cannabis plants. One is LST (Low-Stress Training) and the other one is HST (High-Stress Training).
Depending upon the weed strain type and capability to tolerate the stress, either of the stress training is performed to maximize the productivity of the garden.
Though Monster Cropping comes under High-Stress Training.
Therefore, this training can be applied to only specific weed strains. Basically, those weed strains are capable of Monster Cropping which can tolerate the cloning stress and does not let the donor plant weaken.
Apart from this, the whole working system of this training is dependent on the potential of the cannabis plant. In other words, whenever the outside pressure or stress is applied over the plant, its biological defending system activates the defending mechanism.
That results in producing more hormonal (THC) components and utilizing the resources to overcome the damage.
In the same way, under Monster Cropping when we take out clones from flowering cannabis plants, we get a new source of weed bud in one hand. While the donor plant can still be that productive. Even the productivity can be slightly increased as well.
Advantages of Monster Cropping
There are multiple benefits of monster cropping your garden. Some of them are listed here below:
- Maximize yield
The first and foremost benefit of monster cropping cannabis plants is getting the maximum yield. As you are re-vegging the clones and they are more likely to get you heavier buds similar to the mother plant. Hence, the biggest advantage of monster cropping is to maximize the yield of your garden.
- Regular harvest
The next biggest advantage of Monster Cropping is the regular harvest. As in Monster Cropping, you are taking out copies of the mother plant therefore, you don’t have to rely on the single plant to harvest after a long time. Also, you can utilize the growing space in the best manner.
- Can work with other techniques to give you the most out of your garden
Another advantage of using Monster Cropping is that it easily fits with other techniques such as LST, topping, trimming, and more. However, growers usually combine it with the ScrOG to get the most of their garden.
Limitations of Monster Cropping technique
Along with multiple benefits, Monster Cropping also has some limitations or disadvantages, which you should know.
- Not for every weed strain
Monster Cropping involves cutting down multiple clones to produce more plants. Therefore, this stress technique is suitable for those weed strains that can tolerate the damage and can heal over some time. This leads to the specific marijuana strain category and not to every strain out there.
Also, to heal out the damage, a weed strain requires some time. Therefore, this technique suits those weed strains that have a good flowering time.
- Not every clone will give you the desired result
While monster cropping your plant, you cannot rely on each clone you take out for the results. Some clones might not be able to give you the desired results, which you have to be better prepared before implementing this technique. Even irrespective of your expertise or experience you have to be ready for this.
- Good things take time
From cutting a clone to rooting them and then again re-vegging them requires some time. And, as ‘Good things take time’ therefore, you have to keep patience for the results. Even if you do everything correctly with patience, you can get more than expected results from your garden.
How to Monster Crop your plant? [Step by Step Guide]
Now, you are aware of the pros and cons of Monster Cropping. You can move to the step-by-step guide on Monster Cropping your plant.
Things you need for Monster Cropping
You have to prepare yourself and arrange these things to Monster Crop your garden:
- Sharp scissors
- Disinfectant (prefer alcohol-based)
- Container with water (to put the cuttings)
So, within these basic requirements, you can head to your garden for the training.
Stet 1. Choose the best plant first
The very first step is to choose the best plant for your garden. A plant that is healthier and grown well. Around 2 weeks in the flowering stage is enough to proceed further. Make sure the plant you are choosing has not no deficiency.
Read our guide on Cannabis Leaf Deficiency and its solutions here!
Step 2. Take cuttings
Done with the first step? Now, it’s time to take out the cuttings. However, make sure you have disinfected your tools before heading to cut. After wiping your tool, prefer the lower branch of the flowering plant for taking out the clone.
As the lower branch of the plant roots faster than the top ones. After selecting the branch, make a diagonal cut. The diagonal cut will provide more surface area to your clone and hence it will help in fetching more nutrients.
Wipe out your scissors each time you take out the clone. Take more cuttings than you need as 1/4th of your cuttings might not give you the desired results. So, take the clones accordingly.
Step 3. Root the clones
After taking the clones from the mother plant, make sure you immediately put them in the container filled with water. You can also use the rooting gel if you want to prefer. This ultimately helps to prevent the air from entering the clone.
Leave the cuttings in the container until you observe roots coming out. As the cuttings show roots, you can move to the next step.
Step 4. Re-vegging clones
Now, this is one of the most important steps. This step will decide whether your previous hard work will be successful. Adjust your garden’s light cycle to make your clones reach a vegetative state. From 18 to 24 hours of lighting, you can prefer depending upon your requirement.
Step 5. Take care of your garden
Make sure you take care of your mother plant and newbies as well. You can also provide some nutrients manually to help the plant heal faster. If you observe some deficiency or leaf problem then you can easily overcome that with the help of this guide on the Cannabis Leaf Problem and its solutions.
Hurrah! This is it. Within these steps, you have easily monster-cropped your garden. Now, you just have to wait for the results.
What next after Monster Cropping plants?
See there’s a lot of things to do after monster cropping your garden. Apart from the regular eye on the growth, you can also perform additional techniques to boost the yield. ScrOG is one of the best ways to boost the yield in monster cropping.
As said before, Monster Cropping easily suits the other training techniques therefore, you can also do some additional training with your garden which can not only maximize the output of your garden but can also give you some growing skills.
However, if you are a newbie grower and don’t want to do extra things right now then you can get satisfying results within Monster Cropping as well.
Frequently Asked Questions
Some regularly asked queries about Monster Cropping are:
There’s no guarantee that each clone will give you the best result. That is why around 25% of the clones are estimated of waste. Still, the monster cropping technique is one of the best and proven methods to drastically increase the yield.
Not every weed strain is ideal for this technique. Regular photo-period marijuana strains are suitable for monster cropping. A long-life cycle gives the plant enough time to heal from the damage.
It depends. For limited space growers, monster cropping is not a barrier. However, for the new clones and to make them reach a vegetative state, you need some additional space. In the case of outdoor growers, space should not be a concern for this technique.
Watch out for the healthy plant. Grown well and with sturdy branches. Make sure that the plant you are choosing must not have any deficiency. As you have to take out the clones from the plants, therefore, you should choose a plant that can tolerate the damage and can still produce the regular yield.
Around 2 to 3 weeks in the flowering stage is sufficient for the plant to monster crop. Though depending upon weed strain you can choose the apt time accordingly.
Monster Cropping: Easy Way to Increase Yield
Till here, you must be an expert on Monster Cropping. Though it is a technique or skill which is earned with practice. However, as now you know everything about monster cropping, therefore, you can start with the garden right now.
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